If you love to hike then Patagonia is a place which should be at the top of your list for destinations to go to where you can indulge in your love of walking. This regions rugged and absolutely breathtaking and as you traverse glaciers, sharp cliffs and tiny mountain passes, you will feel more in touch with nature than ever before.
Because of the nature of Patagonia, there are many hiking routes which have been carved out over the years and if you want to know which ones are the best to hit, we have put together a list of our favorites. My good friend has been hiking for many years and he recently spent over 6 months in Patagonia, exploring the entire region. Without further ado then, here are the best places to hike in Patagonia.
The W Circuit
The W Circuit is the most well-trodden route in all of Patagonia and one which offers a challenging yet doable hike for all abilities. The name of this hike is given because of the W shaped trail which you will follow on the 4 or 5 day hike. Throughout this hike you will be treated to some of the most stunning landscape which Patagonia has to offer from stunning glaciers and amazing rock formations.
The Huemal Circuit
For this of you who are ready for an arduous challenge, the Huemal Circuit is the choice for you. This 4 day trek will take you around the Huemal Mountain in Los Glaciers National Park in Argentina. Despite its difficulty, this is a highly popular trek so make sure that you book up early. Some of the highlights which you will experience on this trek are the Fitz Roy Massif and the incredible Southern Ice Field.
The Torres del Paine Circuit
Another hike which is perfect for all abilities and will give you a great chance to explore this region is the Torres del Plaine Circuit. This is a hike which will see you out and about for 10 days in total and you will incorporates some of the other treks as you go along such as the W Circuit. Without question this is the most impressive of all of the hike treks available and you will see the very best of the chilean side of Patagonia from ice lakes, crystal blue glaciers and remote wilderness.
Bariloche Hut to Hut
If you opt to go on the Bariloche route, you will see some of the best views of the Argentinian Andes as you traverse through lakes, incredible rock formations and the dense forests. This route sees you cut around the base of the Patagonian Andes and the trek will take between 4 and 7 days to complete. You will stay in huts called refugios which have been there for any years and offer the perfect wilderness sanctuary for your trip away.
Patagonia is an incredible place to explore and if you choose any one of these hikes, you will be able to do exactly that.